Palestinians Push for Full UN Membership

They just don’t give up: Palestinians now head UN’s largest bloc of nations, and hope to soon gain full statehood status

They just don't give up. The Palestinian Authority is reportedly planning to again request full membership in the United Nations, despite knowing that the Americans will veto any positive decision on the matter.

That according to recent remarks by PA Foreign Minister

Riyad al-Maliki.

In 2012, the Palestinian Authority secured "observer" status at the UN, which many saw as de facto recognition of a Palestinian state by the General Assembly. But full membership as the "State of Palestine" requires the approval of the Security Council, where the US enjoys veto power.

"We know that we are going to face a US veto but that won’t prevent us from presenting our application," insisted al-Maliki. The proposal is expected to be made in the coming weeks.

The Palestinians are feeling a little more confident of late after assuming the chair of the UN's Group of 77, the largest bloc of developing countries. At a ceremony marking the event, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas told the world's representatives that "Israel’s continued colonization and occupation of the state of Palestine undermines our development and capacity for cooperation, coordination and obstructs the cohesive future development of all peoples of the region."

For his part, Abbas maintained that he remains committed to a peaceful resolution to the conflict resulting in the establishment of a fully sovereign Palestinian state with the eastern half of Jerusalem as its capital.

Of course, that stated position has been belied by Abbas' years of refusal to return to the negotiating table. Going back to the Obama Administration, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly invited Abbas to hold direct peace talks, but the Palestinian leader has refused to do so unless Israel agrees to his top demands prior to negotiations.

Since the election of US President Donald Trump and his announcement of an overtly pro-Israel foreign policy, Abbas has only become further entrenched.

Archive: Riyad al-Maliki (Photo: Flash90)

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